01.06.1944 No. 416 Squadron Spitfire IX MJ347 P/O. Joseph R.L.N. Guillot
Operation: Shipping reconnaissance
Date: 01st June 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 416 Squadron
Type: Spitfire LFIX
Base: RAF Tangmere
Location: Somme Estuary
Pilot: P/O. Joseph Rolland Louis Nazaire Guillot J/89644 RCAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Piloting a Spitfire MJ347 on a shipping reconnaissance missing over the Somme Estuary.
Shortly after taking off from RAF Tangmere the aircraft suffered a catastrophic engine failure in flight and plunged into the sea. P/O. Guillot did not manage to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was killed.
His body was found by troops of the Canadian 7th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment following the invasion of France and was buried in the Le Crotoy Communal Cemetery.
After the war his body was reinterred in the Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen, France.
Left grave marker at Calais (Behind his grave is that of 31 year old, Rflm. Arnold Ivan Falls B/118422. Queen's Own Rifles of Canada from Toronto, Canada)
P/O. Joseph Rolland Louis Nazaire Guillot. Calais Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 6.C.12. From Beauport, Quebec, Canada. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered June 2016. 2015 grave photo courtesy Len, remainder, the Michel Beckers collection.